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HSV Builds Its Final Commodore-based Model 3
Jan
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Australia, Holden, Holden Commodore, HSV on 01 3rd, 2018


HSV has built its final Commodore-based model as the 275th Australian market GTSR W1 rolled off the assembly line earlier today.

The final model features a Light My Fire orange exterior and a number of carbon fiber components. The car is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter LS9 V8 engine that produces 635 hp (474 kW) and 601 lb-ft (815 Nm) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed manual transmission which sends power to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential.

HSV intends to keep the GTSR W1 and HSV Managing Director Tim Jackson said “For all at HSV, this is a time for great reflection on what the company has been able to achieve to date. He added, “Any success we’ve enjoyed has been directly attributable to our passionate staff, our dedicated dealer-body and of course our loyal fans who have helped build this brand through its 30-year journey.”

The move was inventible as Holden built the final rear-wheel drive Commodore in October and that marked the end of mainstream automotive production in Australia following the exit of Ford and Toyota.

While HSV will stop building Commodore-based vehicles, the company has big plans for the future as it recently introduced the Colorado SportsCat. It will be joined by the Chevrolet Camaro and Silverado HD later this year.

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Rare HSV GTSR W1 Fetches $206k At Aussie Auction 19
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in auction, Galleries, Holden, Holden Commodore, HSV, used cars on 12 19th, 2017


One of the final HSV GTSR W1’s to roll off the production line has sold for $250,000 (191,475 USD) in Queensland, Australia, a figure that’s closer to $270,000 (roughly 206,000 USD) when the transaction fees are added.

The potent sports sedan is number 36 of just 300 examples produced and is painted in an exceptionally bright shade of red, making it stand out from all other Commodore-based models. All up, there are just 21 km (13 miles) on the clock.

In Australia, prices for the GTSR W1 started at $169,990 (130,000 USD) plus on-road costs.

However, given the vehicle’s limited production run, enthusiasts have been eager to pay huge premiums to acquire the car. As a matter of fact, local media suggests that demand has outstripped supply by three to one.

Making the GTSR W1 so special is the GM-sourced 6.2-liter LS9 supercharged V8 engine, originally used by the C6-generation Corvette ZR1. In the W1, it delivers 635 hp and 601 lb-ft (814 Nm) of torque and is mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission that funnels power to the rear wheels.

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Holden’s Sold Its Elizabeth Plant, But It’s Building A Museum On Site 17
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Australia, Holden on 12 17th, 2017


After nearly 60 years, Holden stopped producing cars at its plant in Elizabeth, Australia, at the end of this past October. So what’s to become of the sprawling site?

Well, it’s going to use part of the site to store spare parts. And it’s going to open a museum and restaurant on site as well. But the rest of it is being turned into a business park.

The automaker announced it has sold the plant to Melbourne-based developer Pelligra Group, which plans to turn it into the Lionsgate Business Park.

Drawing its name from Holden’s logo, Lionsgate will hopefully create enough jobs to offset the shuttering of the auto plant. But that likely depends more on the tenants than on either the developer or the automaker.

Holden will retain ownership of the site through mid-2019 so it can take down all its equipment and complete the contamination assessment that started back in 2012. After that, Pelligra will take over, leasing the parts warehouse back to Holden.

Plans are still apparently being drawn up for what will be called the Redline Café & Museum, where visitors will be able to relive the glory days of automobile manufacturing in Australia that have now drawn to an end.

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Potent Colorado SportsCat Marks A New Beginning For Holden Special Vehicles 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Chevrolet Colorado, Galleries, Holden, HSV, new cars, Trucks on 12 13th, 2017


Late last week, General Motors and Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) revealed that the Camaro and Silverado will be sold in Australia from 2018. Alongside this announcement, HSV previewed its potent Colorado SportsCat. Now’s the time to enjoy this wild pickup in all of its glory.

Perhaps created as a pre-emptive strike towards the upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor, the Holden Colorado SportsCat by HSV is based on the Colorado CrewCab Z71 and uses the same 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel engine delivering 197 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque.

While those figures aren’t mind-blowing, the exterior design of the SportsCat is. Available in SportsCat and SportsCat+ guises, the pickup benefits from a custom blacked-out front grille and air intakes, LED fog lamps, flared fenders, twin tow hooks, tonneau cover, fender graphics, and matte black 18-inch wheels. Elements unique to the SportsCar+ include a honeycomb grille, hood bulge, and machined faces on the wheels.

In the cabin, the two variants are equipped with Jasmine leather-wrapped SV sports seats, suede and red accents, and some obligatory HSV badging.

Under the skin, HSV has fitted new sports suspension with an increased front spring rate. Additionally, there are 285/60 Cooper Zeon LTZ Pro Sports All-Terrain tires, a 45-mm ride height increase, 30 mm wider track, and an AP Racing brake system. Additional mechanical modifications include an automatically de-coupling rear anti-roll bar and optional HSV SupaShock suspension, previously used by the crazy GTSR W1.

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Potent Colorado SportsCat Marks A New Beginning For Holden Special Vehicles 13
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Chevrolet Colorado, Galleries, Holden, HSV, new cars, Trucks on 12 13th, 2017


Late last week, General Motors and Holden Special Vehicles (HSV) revealed that the Camaro and Silverado will be sold in Australia from 2018. Alongside this announcement, HSV previewed its potent Colorado SportsCat. Now’s the time to enjoy this wild pickup in all of its glory.

Perhaps created as a pre-emptive strike towards the upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor, the Holden Colorado SportsCat by HSV is based on the Colorado CrewCab Z71 and uses the same 2.8-liter Duramax Turbo Diesel engine delivering 197 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque.

While those figures aren’t mind-blowing, the exterior design of the SportsCat is. Available in SportsCat and SportsCat+ guises, the pickup benefits from a custom blacked-out front grille and air intakes, LED fog lamps, flared fenders, twin tow hooks, tonneau cover, fender graphics, and matte black 18-inch wheels. Elements unique to the SportsCar+ include a honeycomb grille, hood bulge, and machined faces on the wheels.

In the cabin, the two variants are equipped with Jasmine leather-wrapped SV sports seats, suede and red accents, and some obligatory HSV badging.

Under the skin, HSV has fitted new sports suspension with an increased front spring rate. Additionally, there are 285/60 Cooper Zeon LTZ Pro Sports All-Terrain tires, a 45-mm ride height increase, 30 mm wider track, and an AP Racing brake system. Additional mechanical modifications include an automatically de-coupling rear anti-roll bar and optional HSV SupaShock suspension, previously used by the crazy GTSR W1.

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Holden Announces Pricing For Australia’s 2018 Commodore 12
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Holden, Holden Commodore, prices, Reports on 12 12th, 2017


Pricing details for the new ZB Holden Commodore have just been announced in Australia.

The new vehicle, nothing more than a rebadged Opel Insignia, will start at $33,690 for the entry-level LT Liftback model with front-wheel drive and a 2.0-liter turbo petrol engine. This starting price is $1800 less than the previous-generation base model but is $1200 pricier than a comparable Mazda6.

Elsewhere in the range is the LT Liftback starting from $36,990 with a diesel engine. Customers will also have the option of an LT Sportwagon, kicking off at $35,980 for the petrol and $38,590 for the diesel.

The next trim version offered is the RS. Available in both Liftback and Sportwagon configurations, prices start at $37,290 and $39,490 respectively. Base RS models feature the same 2.0-liter as the LT but for $40,790, an uprated powertrain with a V6 and all-wheel drive system delivering 308 hp is available. For those looking to take things to the next level, the RS-V trim is offered from $46,990 in Liftback guise or $49,190 as a Sportback.

The performance range is rounded out by the Commodore VXR V6 AWD with 315 hp, priced from $55,990 and complete with adaptive dampers and Brembo brakes.

For customers more concerned with luxury than performance, Holden continues to offer Calais variants as with previous-gen Commodores. Prices for 2.0-liter-equipped Calais models start at $40,990 and rise to $51,990 for the range-topping Calais with the aforementioned 308 hp V6.

The new Holden Commodore will be available from Holden dealerships from late February 2018.

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Holden Brings The Equinox To Australia 13
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Australia, Chevrolet Equinox, Holden, USD on 11 13th, 2017


Holden, in case you haven’t noticed, doesn’t manufacture automobiles anymore. It just brings in other GM products from elsewhere and sells them in Australia with lion badges on the nose. And the latest is the Equinox.

Sold as a Chevrolet in America, the Equinox has now arrived Down Under as a Holden, offered in an array of trims and specifications ranging from $27,990 all the way up to $46,290 (in Australian dollars).

That’s a big range,  spread across a staggering escalation of six trim levels, separated by equipment levels and powertrain options. The base model comes with a 1.5-liter turbo four mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The larger 2.0-liter turbo engine pairs with a nine-speed automatic, and there’ll be a 1.6-liter diesel arriving next year (following the gasoline models that roll out next month).

Adaptive all-wheel drive is available on the penultimate LTZ model, and comes standard on the top LTZ-V. US pricing, in case you’re wondering, similarly starts at $26,505 (USD), but tops out at $38,225 for the top-of-the-line Premier model in America – where the Chevrolet division has to be careful not to encroach on upscale Buick and Cadillac territory.

Though classified as a compact SUV in the US, Holden terms the Equinox as a mid-size in Australia. Either way, you’re looking at essentially the same vehicle, with as much as 1798 liters (63.5 cubic feet) of cargo space inside (with the rear seats folded flat).

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This Cruze Thinks It’s A Mercedes-Benz AMG 11
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Chevrolet Cruze, Holden, Holden Cruze, mercedes, Offbeat News on 11 11th, 2017


Mercedes-Benz has just launched a new model exclusive to the Australian market, based on the popular Holden / Chevy Cruze.

As these images show, the compact five-door sedan includes all the characteristic traits of a genuine Mercedes model, including a front grille with the three-pointed star, LED daytime running lights, sporty wheels, typical Mercedes taillights and badges on the rear reading ‘CLK55’ and ‘AMG’.

Eat your heart out upcoming A-Class Sedan, this is what Mercedes buyers Down Under want.

Sarcasm aside, we came across the photos of this customized Holden Cruze from Melbourne on Facebook. Evidently, its owner has had some fun making it look like a Mercedes-Benz, and as much as it pains us to say, some people actually think this is a genuine Mercedes.

Don’t believe us? Check out some of the comments on the Facebook post below.

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Holden Planned An SUV But GM Said No 31
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Holden, Reports, SUV on 10 31st, 2017


It has been revealed that Holden wanted to develop a rival to the Ford Territory but that GM failed to give the project the green light.
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Holden Builds Its Final Model In Australia, Marks The End Of 69 Years Of Production 20
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Australia, Holden, Holden Videos, video on 10 20th, 2017


After 69 years of automotive production, Holden marked a somber moment as the last Australian-built model rolled off the assembly line earlier today.
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Holden Builds Its Final Model In Australia, Marks The End Of 69 Years Of Production 20
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Australia, Holden, Holden Videos, video on 10 20th, 2017


After 69 years of automotive production, Holden marked a somber moment as the last Australian-built model rolled off the assembly line earlier today.
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Thor: Ragnarok’s Spaceships Named After Classic Holden Cars 19
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Holden, Holden Commodore, Holden Torana, Movie Cars, video on 10 19th, 2017


The director of Thor: Ragnarok, New Zealand-born Taika Waititi has revealed that the spaceships in the superhero film are named after some of the most iconic Holden models.
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Can The Kia Stinger Take On The All-Aussie Holden Commodore? 16
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Holden, Holden Commodore, Holden Videos, Kia, Kia Stinger, Kia Videos, video on 10 16th, 2017


The Kia Stinger has sent hearts racing around the world from the moment it was revealed and in Australia, is set to dramatically shake up the industry.
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Hear Holden’s New Twin-Turbo Supercars Engine At Mt Panorama 9
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Australia, Holden, Holden Commodore, Motorsport, racing on 10 9th, 2017


Holden is continuing to test its turbo-turbo V6 engine for the Supercars Championship and recently took to Mt Panorama ahead of the Bathurst 1000 to put the powertrain through its paces.
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Astra Sportwagon Touches Down In Oz With A Holden Badge 26
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Australia, Holden, Holden Astra, new cars, Opel Astra on 09 26th, 2017


Holden told the Australian market that it would launch 24 new models between 2015 and 2020. We're about halfway there, and it's just presented the 13th.
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